Published on January 2nd, 2023 | by Subhash Nair0
All-New GAC GS3 Revealed In China 1 Year After Malaysian Launch
Does the new GAC GS3 have what it takes to compete with the Proton X50.
In late December 2021, Warisan Tan Chong (WTC) introduced GAC Motor to Malaysia with the GS3 – a Proton X50 competitor priced between RM88,800 and RM96,800. This week, at the Guangzhou Auto Show, GAC Motor has introduced an all-new GS3 model – redesigned for Gen Z buyers. Perhaps this new version will do better against the older X50 which has been updated in other markets but not Malaysia.
The new GAC GS3 was designed as a companion to younger customers. The company claims the car will bring these new customers more courage and spiritual satisfaction – pretty bold and not the kind of thing you find on your typical brochure.
To be fair, the new GAC GS3 looks a lot more dynamic and aggressive than the last model. The design is positively premium with angular character lines and flush door handles.
The whole vehicle has grown by 60mm in length (the wheelbase has grown by 90mm, with the front overhang shortened by 31mm) versus its predecessor. It also sits 55mm lower to the ground and 25mm wider for a more aggressive stance. The changes in dimensions translates directly to a larger interior volume. That being said, the boot space is still only 341 litres.
The interior is sleek and modern with loads of premium design touches such as the Crystal Shifter for gear selection. There are loads of interior colour choices such as fairyland green, light gray with vibrant orange accents and classic black with mysterious light wave blue. There’s ambient lighting on the door panels, instrument panel and air outlets with 32 different colours.
Power figures weren’t officially disclosed but the GS3 now has a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine. This time, the transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (wet clutch). Two key figures that were shared were the fuel consumption of 6.18L/100km and the acceleration time of 7.5 seconds from 0-100km/h. There will also be a sportier variant of the GAC GS3 called the R-Style version though we’re not sure if this will just be a bodykit and accessory pack or if it gets performance enhancements as well.
What do you think about the all-new GAC GS3? Does the renewed design and performance figures show more promise as a Proton X50 competitor. Do you think the pricing will be competitive once it arrives in Malaysia, if it does so at all?